Land Use

West Davis Highway 

On September 29, 2017 the U.S. Department Transportation issued their Record of Decision approving the West Davis Corridor, a highway that spans the western portions of Davis and Weber Counties from Farmington to Clinton, Utah. 

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake was involved in the scoping and comment periods for the project:

Click here to read the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Cooridor

Click here to read comments on the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the West Davis Corridor.

Promontory Point Landfill

landfillLocated on the shore of Great Salt Lake, Promontory Point Resources owns and operates the Promontory Point Landfill. The Landfill began construction this past year as a Class I Landfill – meaning is can only accept in-statewaste. The Landfill is permitting to accept over 380 million tons of Utah’s waste.

This year, Promontory Point Resources submitted an application to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for a Class V landfill, in order to accept and dispose of industrial waste from out of state. Based on the Landfill being situated on the Union Pacific Railroad, Promontory Point Resources is proposing to accept waste from across the United States. Promontory Point Resources is primarily interested in accepting coal ash – an industrial waste from coal mining operations that contains lead, mercury, arsenic, and chromium.

FRIENDS of Great Salt Lake is concerned with the potential for the Promontory Point Landfill to release of toxic contaminants into Great Salt Lake. 

Click the following link to the RDCC website for comments that were submitted on the proposed Class V permit request by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, and the Utah Geological Survey office in the Department of Natural Resources for the latest on the Promontory Point Landfill.  Click Here

Past Stories

The Shared Solution is a Better Alternative to the West Davis Freeway

The Shared Solution is a Better Alternative to the West Davis Freeway

20 August 2013

As part of a growing coalition of organizations and citizens, FRIENDS is working with others to ensure that UDOT gives the Shared Solution alternative a full and fair analysis as an alternative to the West Davis Freeway. It’s a better way to plan for future population growth, reduces air pollution and protects precious farmlands, wetlands and communities.

Interview with Roger Borgenicht of Utahns for Better Transport

Keep raising your concerns, doubts, and misgivings about the West Davis Freeway

30 July 2013

Comments are pouring in about the proposed route of the West Davis Corridor, and highway officials on Friday promised the Utah Transportation Commission they will study all seriously — including a "no freeway" alternative pushed by some environmental and community groups.

The Utah Department of Transportation told the commission it has received about 680 formal comments since May when it unveiled its preferred route for that freeway, which would essentially become the northwest expansion of Legacy Parkway through Davis and Weber counties.

While federal rules require a 45-day public comment period, UDOT extended that to 90 days, which ends Aug. 23.

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Why We Care

  • Great Salt Lake, the second most hypersaline Inland Sea in the world, has a fate of becoming even more salty with permanent loss of a large portion of its Bear River fresh water life supply.

    Precious fresh water diverted to support more of the same, the endless expansion of the human race, big box stores, and shopping centers duplicated around the country ruining any future adventure of small town exploration and road trips.

    Everything is becoming the same. Everyone is looking the same. Everyone does the same things. Great Salt Lake is unique and the planet is loosing it as its life blood is stolen from its soft salty shores, waves gently breaking further and further out, leaving vast arrays of dry barren mudflats waiting for phragmites to invade.

    Utah does not own Great Salt Lake. Great Salt Lake is owned by the world.

    Karri Smith, Alfred Lambourne Prize Participant